An introduction to Kindness in Science

“Should we steer clear of the winner-takes-all approach?” by Kendal Powell, Nature (Careers Feature)


Why Kindness in Science is needed

“These labs are remarkably diverse – here’s why they’re winning at science” by Kendal Powell, Nature (News Feature)

“Science benefits from diversity” Nature (Editorial)


How Kindness in Science can be embedded

Both individual and structural change will be necessary to create a science system that is right and just (e.g., “A kinder approach to science” by Leonardo Almeida-Souza & Lilian O’Brien Trends in Cell Biology, Science and Society Editorial).

Examples of how individual and structural change may be achieved include:

Individual Change

“Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab” by V Bala Chaudhary & Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, PLOS Computational Biology (Editorial)

“Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs” by Fernado T Maestre, PLOS Computational Biology (Editorial)

Ten simple rules for succeeding as an underrepresented STEM undergraduate” by Melanie Duc Bo Massey, Suchinta Arif, Shanukie Embuldeniya, Karma Nanglu & Joseph Bielawski, PLOS Computational Biology (Editorial)

“Send thank-you notes to those who help you along the way” by Abdullah Shihipar, Nature (Careers Column)

“Transforming mentorship in STEM by training scientists to be better leaders” by Amanda K Hund et al., Ecology and Evolution (Category: Academic Practice in Ecology and Evolution)

“How some men are challenging gender inequity in the lab” by Kendall Powell, Nature (Career Feature)

“Lab heads should learn to talk about racism” by Devang Mehta, Nature (World View)

“Work-life balance: Break or burn out” by Kendall Powell, Nature (Jobs Feature)


Structural Change

“What does it take to make an institution more diverse?” by Virginia Gewin, Nature (Career Feature)

“A better measure of research from the global south: funders Jean Lebel and Robert McLean describe a new tool for judging the value and validity of science that attempts to improve lives.” by Jean Lebel & Robert McLean, Nature (Comment)

“Zoom in on the big picture: Academic reward structures discourage the pursuit of vital research” by Richard Kingsford, Nature (Index)